The coaching carousel is slowing down
Man, some of you are bitter, angry people, aren’t you?
Take a look through some of the comments here about Swirsk and tell me how many readers-slash-writers need to be medicated.
On to the stuff:
Sounds like we’ll get some resolution to various coaching problems this week.
|Bad news for Mr. Big Shot.|
It seems Rick Carlisle’s going to Dallas as early as tomorrow, surely Mike D’Antoni won’t leave everyone hanging and choose between the Bulls and Knicks in the next day or so and that will leave just a couple of openings.
My bet is that D’Antoni ends up in Chicago although I could be wrong, which leaves two openings at the moment: Phoenix and New York.
Which of those jobs is better?
I’d say Phoenix in a heartbeat but I haven’t heard a name linked to that gig at all. I know it’s in the West and the team’s getting old (hello, Shaq!) but it’s certainly got better pieces than the mess in New York
I can’t imagine why a guy like Mark Jackson would want that Knicks job. The last thing a first-time coach should do is take over a team that’s awful because they get saddled with losses on the record and people get antsy about having a first-timer in charge.
Unless he gets a four-year deal at big money, it’s a big gamble because a second job is harder to get if you get fired for losing at your first one.
A personal favourite Chuck story.
We’re in Sacramento a couple of seasons ago and Stumpy’s ex lives there with her new beau, who’s a Kings fan or something. The dude goes to the game and when we’re driving back from Sacramento to San Francisco (you never stay in Sacramento if you can avoid it), Stump’s on the phone to the ex.
She says it’s nice that he had a conversation at the game with the new boy and she’s impressed to hear that Stumpy was all dressed up.
Well, that sends off the alarms because Stumpy’s a lot of things, well dressed not being one of them.
Turns out the ex’s new boy had a long chat with Swirsk, thinking Chuck was Stumpy and Chuck played right along.
Hey kids, the mailbag’s a little low and tomorrow’s supposed to be mail day so get some in there, would you? And can we get a wee bit more creative that “what do you think of this trade?” please. Thank you.
Speaking of mail:
Q: I'll keep it concise. Aside from Mo Pete (who I think a lot of Raps fans are rooting for, myself included), are there any other ex-Raps left in these playoffs? Are any making a contribution or are they buried at the end of their respective benches?
Matt K, Toronto
A: Well, you’ve got Mike James doing nothing for the Hornets and Juan Dixon doing nothing for the Pistons. Do they count?
PS: I presume you were looking for someone more obscure than Chauncey Billups, right?
PPS: Wow, I must have been asleep answering this one this morning. How could I have forgotten The Red Rocket, Mighty Mouse and Carlos Arroyo. My bad. My very bad.
No, I don’t think Richard Jefferson allegedly getting into a scrap in a Minneapolis bar last January makes him any less desireable to the Raptors, who will probably have him on the list of players they’d think about trading for.
Watching the Pistons last night and seeing Chauncey Billups go out with a hamstring injury put a whole new spin on that series.
Billups, a big favourite around these parts, is the guy who makes that team go and if he can’t play, I honestly don’t think the Pistons can win.
It’d be a tough finish to a good season for Mr. Big Shot. He won the citizenship award given out by the writers and broadcasters earlier this week but not being 100 per cent for a big playoff series would kill him.
Hey, when you’re bouncing names around to fill the Swirsky void, remember this: You’re looking for a play-by-play guy, not an analyst. That’s an entirely different, and some would say more difficult, job than the one Jack and Leo do on TV and Eric Smith does on the radio.
Best possible name I’ve heard out there is Seattle’s Kevin Calabro, who would be in any discussion of best play-by-play guys in the league. He’s said he’s not going to Oklahoma City – which shows me he’s smart – but maybe Toronto’s got some more allure?
There’s be Raptors spanning the globe, spreading their unique brand of cheer, most of the summer.
Assistant coach Jay Triano will take part in Basketball Without Borders clinics in Istanbul, Turkey in early June and director of global scouting Masai Ujuri and assistant trainer for strength and conditioning Keith D’Amelia will be in Johannesburg for clinics in September.
Basketball Without Borders is one of the very best things the league does, by the way.